On May 1, SunServe will be hosting their 7th annual Valuing Our Families Day. The event, held at the Sunshine Cathedral will bring awareness to the demand for services for LGBT youth and their families. SunServe started the Valuing Our Families Day seven years ago to inform individuals of resources which the organization offers to LGBT individuals.

This year’s event titled: Celebrating theVoices of LGBTQYouth andTheir Families, will feature a variety of workshops, led by a consortium of mental health professionals, geared to helping youth and their families deal with the day-to-day issues which may arise from being gay.

Some workshops of interest include: Mapping your Journey: Creating Your Life the Way You Want It, Sex and Intimacy: Let’s Talk About It and Swimming in the Alphabet Soup: Creative Identity Expression.

In addition to the workshops, Professionals Educating and Advocating Respect in Relationships (PEARR) is sponsoring the Live Boldly Creative Art Space to explore your inner artist throughout the day. Furthermore, the One Heart Sociodrama Ensemble will perform, acting out real-life challenges and triumphs LGBT people face.

In the closing session for the day, the 2010 Valuing Our Families Award will be presented to the Packer family.“Mitch and Patricia Packer and their transgender son Tobias embody everything that is the spirit and goal of Valuing Our Families,” said Mark Adler, Executive Director of SunServe. “The incredible journey of their love and support as their son transitioned to a young man is awe inspiring.They are truly a model for families as to what it is to love and support each other unconditionally.”

SunServe’s main focus is to assist economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth, senior adults, people of differing abilities and those with life-challenging health conditions in South Florida.They are also the only mental health agency which serves the transgender community.

Guests are invited to attend The Valuing Our Families Day conference free of charge. For more information about the conference or full details on each of the workshops visit Sunserve.org call 954-764-5150.